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Kathy Louise Trombley, age 64 of Montrose, passed away August 9, 2019. She was born on August 6, 1955 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Marvin and Ida Mae (Arnhold) Haugen. She attended Cooper High School and graduated with the class of 1973.

On October 27, 1979, she was joined in holy marriage to James Trombley at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Minnetonka. Together they raised three children. Kathy enjoyed taking the family on camping trips, often spending weeks away from home exploring what the wilderness had to offer. She liked exploring new cities and would take in all the history of the area.

Kathy was incredibly artistic and would create cards with her stamps for all occasions. She liked to personalize cards for people, and would put a lot of thought into making each one special; whether it was for a birthday, graduation, or holiday, she made them truly unique to the person she was gifting them to.

She could spark a conversation with just about anybody. Her warm, calming demeanor naturally made people feel comfortable around her, and she could make friends with anyone.

Kathy is preceded in death by her father, Marvin.

She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Jim of Montrose; children, Joseph (Erin) of Winona, Peter (Meghan) of Montrose, and Mary (Justin) Olsen of Cokato; grandchildren, Emma, Carter, Will, and Jack; mother, Ida Mae Haugen; brother, Tom (Gail); sister, Carol; many nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial Service will be held Saturday, 8/24/19, at 11 AM with visitation one hour prior at Montrose United Methodist Church: 230 Center Ave S, Montrose, MN.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to F.E.E.D, an organization through the United Methodist Church in Montrose.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Kim Roberts-Wagner

    Wherever Kathy went, smiles followed. She was the most jovial person I’ve ever known, and will be missed by everyone. God Bless.

  2. Dale Hummel

    So sorry to hear this awful news.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you Jim (and family).

  3. Margaret Randel

    There is a lot more laughing in heaven since Kathy got there. She was a breath of fresh air. I worked with Kathy at Montrose Elementary. The kids loved her. She treated them with love, respect and a sense of humor. Jim, Joe, Peter and Mary, I am sorry for your loss.
    Margaret Randel


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